- In all walks of life most people, even of ordinary intelligence, quickly figure out the broad lines of what is considered sensitive / unsayable / taboo in whatever regime they are labouring under (see, for example, the Common Man in A Man for All Seasons, not to mention the Vicar of Bray, sir) and speak / don't speak accordingly. It's called basic survival.
- Buffoonery notwithstanding, there's always been an underlying theme that Boris is incredibly ambitious, ruthless and pretty clever, to boot. Under this thesis, He Knew What He Was Saying: and as such, we wonder whether he is on manoeuvres. Seems unlikely he thinks he can put the skids under May any time soon; so maybe he's discovered being foreign secretary isn't as much fun as he throught, and being sacked would be quite congenial to him?
- Or maybe he's just an incontinent blurter, and hasn't previously been in roles where this matters.
- Either way, there's at least the possibility he's not long for the the world of *diplomacy*.
The good bit follows that: two worthies come into the studio to dilate on point (b), which they do quite intelligently (starts 16:20). The obvious point is made first - sensibly, and at some length - that it isn't easy to run a ship in international waters when the admiral is publicly stating that the captain's sayings from the bridge are not to be heeded.
Then they discuss the 'truth' thing. These days many people seem to think we live in a 'post-truth' world - indeed, that's the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year. And here are commentators musing over whether actually there is a new premium on senior politicians saying the unsayable, and opening up debates where heretofor it had generally been understood politicians should tiptoe around without saying things everyone knows to be the case.
This seems so implausible that I find the topic irresistable. Au fond, there are some quite philosophical themes here. Anyhow, have a listen. Give the ephemeral nature of i-player, if I have a bit of time over the weekend I may even transcribe some of the best bits for blog-posterity.